Publicado: 7 de Agosto de 2017

Hemantika: A kaleidoscope of Kathak dance in Celebration of Autumn

Kathak is a classical dance from the north of India. Due to circumstantial reasons, it is the only classical dance of India which has adapted to the Hindu and Muslim culture, has always united people and cultures across the globe. The dance has been a traveller by nature, as it later joined the silk route and contributed to what is Flamenco today.

The Culture Association Nupura is extremely honoured to bring the dance festival Hemantika from London to Barcelona this year. This festival is a yearly festival in London under the sister organisation of Nupura-  Sujata Banerjee Dance Company. Sujata Banerjee, a renowned Kathak Guru and a dancer,  is the president of the asian dance faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancers (London). We are bringing together a London based organization-Sujata Banerjee Dance Company together with Barcelona based  cultural association Nupura to make Hemantika festival an international cultural platform which we believe will draw an immense international as well as local crowd.

Hemantika Barcelona Festival 2017 will be blessed by the presence of the living dance legend Padmavibhushan Pandir Guru Birju Maharaj. He is an institution by himself, Padmavibhushan of India (the highest category of  national award given to any artist in India). Due to his involvement with the Bollywood industry he has taken Kathak to different corners of the world. He has directed superstars of Bollywood film industry like Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone for super mega hit films like Devdaas, Bajirao Mastaani winning Filmfare, IIFA awards for both. Birju Maharaj has broken all boundaries between what is  “art” and what is known as “commercial”, he has proved that quality dance is beyond any kind of categorisation, thanks to his efforts a classical dance like Kathak has become extremely popular amidst the general audience.

Barcelona is an extremely cosmopolitan city and very culturally active. A festival of this nature will have dancers and audience flying in from outside Spain to Barcelona to participate in this festival,  at the same time local dancers will get a platform to showcase their talent. A festival of this type will  further enrichen  the international cultural heritage of this city.

The festival will be celebrated during Four days: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of  November

Thursday 9th of November

Kathak Conference, "From the Temple to the Court" The Journey of Kathak through the eyes of the living legend-Padmavibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj"

Venue: Casa Asia, Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, Pabellón de Sant Manuel, Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona

Time: 19:30 - 20:30 horas

Entrance: Open to all, pre-registration is required.

Friday 10 th of  November


Registration: 0900 to 10:00 hrs

Workshop with the living legend himself, Gurú Birjú Maharaj ji

10:00 to 11:30 hrs:  Level : Open to all

11:45 to 13:00 hrs: Level: Advanced

Venue : Sala Cied 

Carrer de Llança 31. Metro Sants, Plaza España


Inauguration of the Festival Hemantika with young performers of Kathak from different parts of Europe, India. 

Venue: Theatre Calabría 66 

Address: Calabría 66

Time: 19:00 to 20:30 hrs

Saturday 11 of November:


Registration: 0900 to 10:00 hrs

Workshop with the living legend himself, Gurú Birjú Maharaj ji

10:00 to 11:30 hrs: Level: Open to all

11:45 to 13:00 hrs: Level: Advanced

Venue : Sala Cied (subjected to change)

Carrer de Llança 31. Metro Sants, Plaza España


An exceptional evening with the Living legend of Kathak Pandit Guru Birju Maharaj along with other remarkable gurus and artists like: Shaswati Sen, Sujata Banerjee y Fasih Ur Rehman.

Venue: Petit Palau Palau de la Música Catalana.

Address: c/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona

Time: 18:30 to 20:00 hrs

Sunday 12 of November


Workshop with Pandit Guru Birju Maharaj 

Venue: Escuela de danza CIED.

10:00 to 12:00 h: Level: Open to all

12:30 h to 14:30 h: Level: Advanced

End of the Festival

Price: for  Nupura members and non members:

( Nupura members have a 50% discount on their monthly November quota for those who avail the Gold and Silver packs and 15% discount for those who avail the bronze pack)

Pack Gold:

Entry to all the workshops and conferences, includes entry tickets to both the days of the shows, seats in the VIP area. 160 € 

Pack Silver:

Entry to the workshops on saturday and sunday, includes entry tickets to both the days of the shows: 150 € 

Pack Bronze:

Entry ONLY TO OPEN LEVEL workshops (Friday and Saturday: 10:00 to 11:30 hrs and Sunday 10:00 to 12:00 hrs) , includes entry tickets to both the shows: 125 €

For any other combination that you may not find in the list above, please contact us through mail: whatsapp: 0034 679654537

Please note: those who avail advanced level workshops MUST ATTEND the open level workshop on the same day so the body is warm and ready for the advanced workshop.

Prices of show tickets:

Friday show:  (for general public) 12 € 

Saturday show: (for general public)  18 € and 22.50 € at the counter on the day of the show 

Pack shows Friday and Saturday: 25 € (for general public) 

Registration: Please avail the registration form by email:,  fill it and send it to us.

A registration fee of 50€ is required to start the process of registration.

The rest of the amount must be paid during registration hour before the workshops.

Refund policy: 

100% refundable due to  cancellation from the organisation due to any force majeure.

If the participant cancels till 11th October, registration fee is 50% refundable , after this date the  registration fee is non refundable.